Bishops High dominate YBG U-16 League
-takes top ranking ahead of NSBF
After six weeks of intense competition in the Edward B. Beharry and Company Ltd sponsored-Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) Under-16 Academy League, The Bishops High School ‘Young Warriors’ has secured the top ranking in that category.
Bishops completed a near-perfect pre-season run, which guaranteed them the top ranking and the favorite status in the U-16 competition of the 2012 National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) when the regional conferences are completed.
After finishing the first round with a 7-0 record the “Young Warriors” entered the Championship Round under great pressure to not drop a game.
Their sojourn began against New Amsterdam Multilateral, who did not post much of a challenge for the oversized backcourt of the young warriors. Even though they where without their talented Point Guard, Marvin Durant, Bishops’ blew out New Amsterdam 76-23.
Next up was Marian Academy, who tested every ounce of resolve of the Bishops team, who eventually held on to a nail biting 45-44 win.
In the finals, the “Young Warriors” of Bishops was back to their usual dominant selves as they completely outplayed a very talented and deep President’s College team, winning the title game with another blow-out 60-32.
Bishops’ seemingly unstoppable Power Forward, Daniel Haynes, who has a tournament average of 15.7 points, 15.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals, was instrumental in the schools’ dominant run in the NSBF Georgetown U-16 conference.
Haynes received the awards for Best Big Man and the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Durant, Rondel Holder, Daniel Ramlagan and Lashawn Jeffrey were also impressive for Bishops so far in the tournament.
“I felt the pressure of the entire school on my shoulder, I didn’t want to let them down” Haynes was quoted as saying following his team’s performance. He gave credit to all of his team-mates for his schools’ success to-date.
Also receiving awards were President’s College duo, Jaleel Duke for Best Point Guard Play and Shaquelle Adonis, who averaged an amazing triple-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals and received the award for Best Around Play.
The seeding for the NSBF U-16 include: (1) Bishops; (2) Presidents College; (3) Kwakwani Secondary School; (4) Marian Academy; (5) Plaisance Academy; (6) Unclassified; (7) St. Roses High; (8) New Amsterdam Multilateral; (9) Maes Secondary and (10) Brickdam Secondary School.
The following players were named to the first team: Marvin Durant, Daniel Haynes and Rondel Holder (Bishops); Dellon Wallace (Kwakwani), Shaquelle Adonis, Shakeel Garnett, Jaleel Duke and Kobe Carmichal (Presidents College); Darroll Williams (Saints); Andrew Peroune (Marian Academy); Anfernee Jarvis (St. Roses); Christian Narine (St. Joseph) and Juan Fraser (Maes Secondary).
Another 13 players will be selected after the NSBF for the Junior All-Star game and the YBG U-16 Academy Training Programme.